Strained Wrist. What should I do?Health: I strained my wrist while practicing and would like some tips on healing.
From Bethany Strang
Next time, I will be more careful!
Thank you for your help!
From Carlo BallaraBethany, I can't help with the healing, but next time make sure your left elbow is brought as far forward as comforably possible when tackling the lofty heights of the G string.
Posted on June 13, 2012 at 06:31 AM
From Brian KellyI do not know if it available in your country but try Voltaren Emulgel (ointment). It is an anti inflammatory cream and it works wonders by both reducing the pain and speeding up the healing process.
Posted on June 13, 2012 at 09:28 AM
Some people here will advise you to put ice on it. I never put ice on any injury. Instead, I soak it in hot water to increase the supply of blood to the injured area. This speeds up healing and you will find it also lessens the pain.
I would soak the wrist in hot water for 15 minutes till the whole hand/wrist area turns a nice pink colour and then rub the Voltaren on afterwards.
Been there, done that ! Playing the violin can result in a surprising number on injuries. I have had a few myself.
From John CaddI was going to recommend an Infra Red Lamp that I use on any twisted joints. It always speeded up the healing process. I looked for the modern version and found a very interesting newer invention called a TDPLamp . This is described in Wiki and has a fascinating history . You have to read all that . It`s designed in China but 23 companies (many of them American ) make their own models. Far Infra Red is the thing that mends the damage and promotes micro circulation . TDP Lamp --Wiki . After editing some of this I notice ( below ) that telling people off for hurting is becoming a popular sport on V.com .
Posted on June 13, 2012 at 10:09 AM
From John Cadd..
Posted on June 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM
From Henry Butcher.Playing the violin can result in a surprising number on injuries.
Posted on June 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Well it would not if one did not force anything..!!
From Brian KellyYou are quite right Henry but many of us do not find out that we are doing something wrong until the pain kicks in !
Posted on June 13, 2012 at 01:10 PM
From Bethany StrangThank you for your thoughts and tips everyone! I will give your advice I try.
Posted on June 14, 2012 at 04:43 AM
@Carlo: Yes, I know... that is what I should have done! LOL! Thanks for the reminder.
From Jack ShepardI have a Futuro wrist brace that I bought from a drug store years ago that I wear when my wrist gets sore (from overuse or a strain injury as you have described). I wear it very loosely, as much as possible and within a day or two my wrist is usually completely fine. It greatly helps to rest the sore area. Even though they come in 'right' and 'left' hand types, you can use 1 for either, just flip it around.
Posted on June 14, 2012 at 07:38 AM
From John CaddThe standard type of infra red lamp is very useful for curing joint pain. A strained knee might be sore for 2 or 3 weeks but the lamp will cure the pain in less than a week sometimes. I`ve had a lamp for years and the design has not changed .
Posted on June 16, 2012 at 12:05 AM
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